Future London Leaders Round 11

The eleventh round of Future London Leaders runs from September 2015 – March 2016. Profiles of the candidates are below.

Shehzad AhmedShehzad Ahmed
Economic Development Officer, LB Harrow

“I have 14 years’ experience in regenerating neighbourhoods and town centres through economic development (place, business and employment) and community development. I also have experience in setting up partnerships with stakeholders (public, private and C&VS); securing and attracting funding; and consultation. I’ve worked on the South Kilburn New Deal for Communities programme (LB Brent), Southall Big Plan, Everyone Active Acton Centre (LB Ealing) and am now working on an exciting economic development and regeneration programme to build a better Harrow.”

Housing and Land Advocate Rhona Brown photographed on 04.12.14

Rhona Brown
Senior Housing Policy Officer, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority

“I joined the GLA in 2013 and lead on the housing policy team’s private rented sector work, where I’m responsible for delivering the Mayor’s London Rental Standard. Prior to that, I worked at the National Housing Federation for three years as a policy officer, specialising in housing investment policy, welfare benefit reform, temporary accommodation and homelessness. Before that, I spent four years as a research assistant for an MP, focusing on policy relating to HMO licensing, renewable energy, retrofit and fuel poverty.”

Simon Chambers
Programme Officer, Regeneration South, LB Southwark

“In my role with LB Southwark, I focus on the redevelopment of the Aylesbury Estate. My work involves liaising with a large number of stakeholders and balancing the needs of residents with commercial considerations for the redevelopment. I have a varied background, having worked in regeneration and children’s services in other local authorities. In LB Southwark I worked on a range of strategic corporate projects before joining the regeneration team. Through FLL, I’m looking forward to developing my leadership skills and learning from colleagues in the industry.”

Louise Caves
Strategic Partnership Manager, A2Dominion

“I’ve worked in housing, regeneration and partnership management for 10 years, for local authorities and in my current role for housing provider A2Dominion. I’m part of a team delivering the UK’s first eco-town, NW Bicester, a masterplan providing 6,000 true zero-carbon homes. Leading on stakeholder engagement, governance, communications, employment, training and projects including sustainable transport and real-time in-home information, I am passionate about building truly sustainable communities. I look forward to FLL to learn from peers and projects across the sector and to increase my ability as a strategic thinker.”

Huw Jones
Housing Projects Officer, LB Lambeth

“Working as a project officer with Lambeth, I’m helping to deliver an ambitious programme of new-build housing and estate regeneration. Having worked in housing for 10 years, I’ve been fortunate to work in both private and public sectors, with projects as diverse as leading a council procurement team accommodating homeless families to project-managing residential earthquake repairs with engineering firm AECOM in New Zealand! All jobs are about people first and foremost, and I look forward to meeting and learning from the other talented people on Future London Leaders.”

Sarah Jones
Senior Planning Development Manager, London Legacy Development Corporation

“I began my planning career in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 2006. Prior to the LLDC, I worked in local authorities, managing teams dealing with planning applications, enforcement and appeals. In my current role, I’m responsible for managing large-scale regeneration projects, providing pre-application advice and negotiating on planning applications. I deal with both private- and public-sector projects, often with tight delivery timeframes. I hope FLL will increase my knowledge and experience within my field and allow me to positively influence development within London.”

Andrew Munk
Programme Manager, Ways into Work, LB Hackney

“The aim of the Ways into Work employment and skills programme is to ensure unemployed residents in Hackney fully benefit from the opportunities being created by Hackney’s economic growth. Working within the wider Regeneration team, I am passionate about adopting a holistic approach to regeneration, developing thriving places and communities which are well-designed and vibrant places to live, work and relax. I look forward to participating in the FLL programme – meeting new people, learning from different perspectives on regeneration, and having the opportunity to build on my leadership skills.”

Russell-Roberts-150x150Russell Roberts
Principal Transport Planner, LB Ealing

I have worked for the LB Ealing Transport Planning Service since 2010 and currently manage a small team in the Projects and Policy section.  I possess a degree and diploma in town planning plus over twelve years’ experience of transport planning, including policy & strategy issues, highways, developments, airports, light rail, buses, rail, underground, taxis, walking and cycling.  I have worked on different sized schemes and budgets plus and also with consultancies.  I am looking forward to learning more on FLL, particularly management skills, partnership working and leading change.

Sarah Ruane
Head of Leisure and Preventative Health, LB Hounslow

“I have 10 years’ experience in policy, service and facility development in local government. Specialisms include stakeholder relations, strategy development and business development, with expertise in sport and health. I’m currently responsible for transforming leisure services, commissioning preventative health interventions and integrating public health and cultural services. I have substantial experience leading teams and change and welcome the opportunity to refine these skills whilst broadening my understanding of the role regeneration and ‘city-making’ can play in health.”

Marcelle SmithMarcelle Smith
Housing and Support Team Leader, LB Lewisham

“My employment and motivation have always involved working with and supporting teams to provide services to vulnerable housing clients. I currently manage two teams: the Floating Support Service  offers support to tenants in all forms of temporary accommodation, while the other provides tenancy management services to tenants in Hostels and Private Sector Leased properties. This is very challenging work, particularly within the current Welfare Reform agenda.  I look forward to sharing ideas and developing my management skills and style so that I can provide effective and innovative services in this ever-changing market.”

Tracey St. Hill
Registered Provider and Development Officer, LB Tower Hamlets

“I’ve worked in public-sector housing for 15 years, mainly in housing management. I then moved into development where I became a project manager on mixed-tenure schemes. At LB Tower Hamlets, my role involves working with senior management of the registered providers in the borough to improve housing management and development standards through partnership structures. Restructuring has increased emphasis on development and I’m keen to enhance my understanding and strategic thinking in this area.”

Dan Taylor
Planning Officer, Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, LB Wandsworth

“As part of the VNEB Opportunity Area team, I work on a number of developments to help deliver the strategic aims for the area, centred on the provision of high-density housing, job creation and greater connectivity. My role involves liaising with stakeholders, participating in community engagement and negotiating S106 agreements. Through Future London Leaders, I aim to develop the strategic and commercial skills to confidently influence decision-making and lead on cross-discipline and partnership working.”

Jayne Tunstall
New Business Project Manager, Hyde Group

“I have worked in public sector development for over 15 years in a variety of roles, developing homes from small infill sites to large-scale multi-phased regeneration projects, and more recently a large stock transfer. I have considerable experience in complex mixed-use project delivery and have successfully secured planning permission for a number of projects across London. I am keen to add to my existing skills, develop my leadership skills and obtain a strategic overview, and look forward to learning from others.”

Peter Quigley
Strategy and Research Analyst, Peabody

“I’ve worked in a range of roles for Peabody since 2011; for the last two years, I have led on Peabody’s strategic research and analysis, including an in-depth project to inform Peabody’s Older People’s Strategy, with an inaugural Impact Report 2015. Previous roles include working in the team developing Peabody’s corporate website and content-editing the 150th anniversary website. I am delighted to be on Future London Leaders, and aim to develop my knowledge and skills, and meet and learn from other professionals across the sector.”

To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.